Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has alleged that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has appointed cronies to the judiciary.
The former president says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has deliberately appointed the most judges to the bench.
This, he asserted is to have people who will do his bidding when he is out of office.
To him, the President did this to prevent him from being held accountable for the corruption that has characterized his administration.
Mahama was addressing the closing ceremony of the 3rd Annual Lawyers Conference of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Saturday, September 2, 2023.
“Currently, the judiciary is packed with NPP-inclined judges because this government has carried out a deliberate policy of putting their people onto the bench.”
“He [Akufo-Addo] has appointed the biggest number of judges onto the bench, it is more than 80 towards 100 and counting. You can see what the current president has done. He has packed the court, and we know they have packed the court because they want to avoid accountability after they have left office.”
To address this challenge, he has asked members to take up careers on the bench to “balance out” the judiciary.
“So, I encourage some of you to look at careers on the bench so that we can balance out what the current situation is. We must be prepared as NDC legal persons to also go onto the bench so that we can balance out the judiciary,” he urged.